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Northwest Territories. Department of the Executive fonds File Textual record
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N.W.T. transfer plan for education

One folder consisting of correspondence regarding the transfer of responsibility for education from the federal government to the GNWT and regarding concerns expressed by the Council of the NWT and the Indian Brotherhood; copies of the Memorandum of Agreement transferring the responsibility; and proposals concerning the dates on which specific education responsibilities should be transferred, the residual responsibilities the federal department should have, and the organizational structure of the GNWT Department of Education.

Collective bargaining - education group - June 1969 [miscellaneous education documents]

One folder consisting of a copy of meeting minutes of the Committee on Education [1960]; correspondence relating to curriculum development and a brief history of curriculum development for the Arctic; correspondence regarding the transfer of education responsibilities from the federal government to the GNWT; a speech given by W.G. Devitt at the last graduation ceremony at Churchill Vocational Centre [1973]; memos regarding summer leave and summer duty for teaching staff [1966 and 1967]; an article entitled "Education Goes North" [1951]; and a precis of educational policies [1948].

AVTC C.A's CVC NWTTA SJFS TAL TEP and other initial development [in education]

One folder consisting of a draft of a chapter from Norman Macpherson's book on the history of education in the NWT. This chapter deals with the Adult Vocational Training College (A.V.T.C.), the Classroom Assistants Program, the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association (N.W.T.T.A.), Sir John Franklin School, teachers-at-large, and the Teacher Education Program. Includes many selections quoted from original documents dated between 1958 and 1983 and from interviews with former teachers.

History of Northern education - G - McC [oral history transcripts]

One folder consisting chiefly of transcripts of interviews with teachers and other education personnel, including Peter Balt, Arnold McCallum, Barry Gunn, B.C. Gillie, Orland Larsen, Bob Green, Marilyn McDowell, Joe Jacobson, and Moose Kerr. Also includes a description by C. Donald King of his education career in the North and a photocopy of a newspaper article about J. V. Jacobson [1973].

Superintendent in the 60s

One folder consisting of an account of travel in the Arctic by Norm Macpherson [1967], a description by B.C. Gillie of his time as District Superintendent of Education in the Mackenzie [1983], a description by W.G. Devitt of teacher recruitment for the Arctic [n.d., between 1961 and 1969], and a letter from Hector Trout which describes part of his time as Acting Regional Superintendent, Yellowknife [1967].

History of Northern education - McM - S [oral history transcripts]

One folder consisting chiefly of transcripts of interviews with teachers and other education personnel, including Anne and Gerard Mulders, John and Eileen McArthur, Nancy Oliver (nee Meldrum), R.A.J. Philllips, Graham and Diana Rowley, Tish Robshaw, Robbie Robshaw, Ralph Ritcey, Bernie Mullen, Ivan Mowat, Glen Needham, and Bob Swim. Also includes two lists giving the dates of establishment of schools in the NWT [1969], a newspaper clipping relating to technical and vocational training [1965], and a poem by Bob Swim calling for changes to the education system.

Y.P.S. [Yellowknife Public School]

One folder consisting of materials related to the history of Yellowknife Public School and Yellowknife Education District No. 1. Includes correspondence dating to 1951 and 1953, transcripts of an interview with Norma Stedman and Wyn Manifold, biographical information about prominent individuals in the history of the district, handwritten notes, and a file list of records relating to Yellowknife Education District No. 1.

Sir John Franklin [High School]

One folder consisting chiefly of draft material related to the history of Sir John Franklin School in Yellowknife, much of it based on interviews with former teachers. Many documents are undated but most likely date from the early 1980s. Also includes correspondence dating to 1960-1961 and a 1960 list of prospective students (contains personal information).

Reports [on education of Aboriginal students]

One folder consisting chiefly of reports on proposed and actual programs for taking into account Aboriginal culture and languages in teaching. Also includes a course guide for a classroom assistant training program [1973-1974] and correspondence regarding the establishment of a school at Trout Rock [1972], transportation of newly hired teachers [1965], and the potential establishment of a student association [1980]. Contains personal information.

File : disc 6 curric p. 3 [curriculum development]

One folder consisting of three documents related to curriculum development for the Arctic: a history of curriculum development in the North, focusing on the period 1952-1969 [n.d., after the early 1970s]; "Perils of the curriculum section in Ottawa", by Brian Lewis, describing his development of a series of readers for the Arctic in 1967 [n.d., after 1969]; and a typed copy of a 1967 article from Macleans magazine on changes in reading instruction in the Arctic [date of copying not given].

[Education articles and reports]

One folder consisting of several reports and academic papers, mostly relating to education in the NWT. Topics include a general overview of the education system, recreation programs, cultural similarities between the Gwich'in and peoples of Eastern Asia, non-verbal ability testing for students, and the use of Aboriginal languages in schools.

Schools, history (local) 1970s

One folder consisting of information collected from school principals for Norman Macpherson's book on the history of education in the NWT, as well as correspondence relating to the collection of this information. The information provided by each principal varies; the most frequent types of information are historical staff lists, summaries of school and/or community history, descriptions of communities, and descriptions of the school's goals and curriculum. Also includes a list of school principals for the 1982/1983 school year. Contains personal information.

Contibutions [contributions to history of education project]. Original material which has been copied

One folder consisting of correspondence and other documents relating to the history of education in the NWT. Includes a speech on the early days of education [1979], accounts from former teachers and administrators of their time in the North, timelines of events in the history of Fort Good Hope and Our Lady of Good Hope church [1974], a letter regarding the work of education personnel in Rankin Inlet [1961], two letters announcing the appointment of J.V. Jacobson as Superintendent of the Mackenzie District [1951], and a superintendent's report on Discovery Yellowknife Mine School [1954]. These documents were originally housed in a folder inside the "Contibutions" folio.

Contibutions [contributions to history of education project]. [Personal histories]

One folder consisting chiefly of accounts by former teachers and other education personnel of their time in the North, mostly dating to between 1980 and 1984. Also contains correspondence relating to the school at Fort Simpson [1950-1956]. These documents were originally housed between two file folders in the "Contibutions" folio.

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